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Training Log Archive: jennycas

In the 7 days ending Oct 1, 2016:

activity # timemileskm+m
  running4 3:15:00
  orienteering2 1:52:33 6.65(16:56) 10.7(10:31)
  Total6 5:07:33 6.65 10.7

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Saturday Oct 1, 2016 #

9 AM

orienteering race (Aust Long Champs -Amiens) 1:00:44 [4] 5.5 km (11:03 / km)
shoes: Inov8 Oroc spikes

I'd been looking forward to this for ages; even if a W40 course of 5.5km didn't really seem like a proper long race, it was at least going to be further than I'd run at Amiens as a W16 at Aust Champs 1991, and I'd enjoyed the model event in the nice cool soft pine forest.

Of course, that meant that the first leg was a danger downhill leg through the green and on the rock slabs. Took it cautiously, and the control was where I expected it to be - tick. Then noticed the track option to the next control - tick. Broke down each leg into bite sized pieces while at the same time having a good plan for the entire leg, although on both 4 and 8 started looking a bit too soon among the rock slabs for the control, and in hindsight veered a bit on the way to the last control. Wish I could have been a bit more aggressive running through the junky terrain, but figured that being cautious would pay off, and don't think I lost more than a minute across the course due to misnavigation.

Loved it, wished it was longer, hadn't had so much fun in the forest since the WMOC final in Gothenburg last year. Why can't all orienteering be like this? Oh, and I got a badge for coming 3rd (no easy feat; W40's a tough field) :)

Friday Sep 30, 2016 #

8 AM

running 45:00 [3]
shoes: Asics Kayano 21

Invited Blair to come with me up Mt Marlay, the hill which overlooks Stanthorpe, on a brisk sunny morning before going out to the model event to wander around among the rocks for an hour or so with Sara (also I convinced the others to check out the crevices at Donnelly's Castle). Time was a bit tight and it would have been nice to follow Quart Pot Creek through the town for a bit longer before staggering uphill in search of a view, which turned out to be not very good. The 360-degree view from the top of Bald Rock later in the day was, however, absolutely amazing.

Thursday Sep 29, 2016 #

6 AM

running 54:00 [3]
shoes: Asics Kayano 21

Headed south to Emerald CBD, past the swimming pool and back to Kate's, before flying to Brisbane. Legs were heavy, shoes flat and groin painful, so I didn't make it as far as the botanic gardens, which is six of the "Nineteen Things To Do In Emerald". Maybe next time...

After Amber & Sara had arrived from Adl (good thing they weren't booked on the earliest flight out because it ended up 4 hours late) we picked up a random Spaniard and drove to Stanthorpe via the back roads to/from Queen Mary Falls, which took a while but the scenery was very scenic.

Wednesday Sep 28, 2016 #

6 PM

running 41:00 [3]
shoes: Asics Kayano 21

Appreciated having a fairly sedentary day yesterday although entertaining 2-and-4-year olds meant not completely switching my brain off :) This afternoon we all went out to Lake Maraboon/Fairbairn Dam for a picnic and after returning I went for a run around the northern suburbs/backblocks of Emerald. Didn't find the river though because twilight on the Tropic of Capricorn doesn't last very long.

Monday Sep 26, 2016 #

7 AM

running 55:00 [3]
shoes: Asics Kayano 21

Headed up to Eagle Heights again and had time to briefly get into the nice shady Palm Grove section of the national park before coming back down the hill. Got a bit sunburned yesterday and don't think cider was the best of rehydration strategies last night, so my head hurt but legs felt better than on Sat am although it was almost impossible to be kind to knees on the descent.

Now G & I are flying to Emerald to visit Kate & boys :) who we haven't seen for nearly 3 years.

Sunday Sep 25, 2016 #

11 AM

orienteering race (Aust Relays) 51:49 [4] 5.2 km (9:58 / km)
shoes: Inov8 Oroc spikes

Mundoolun is just across the road from Collins Creek where we ran a very soggy NOL Hagaby among the lantana after Easter 2012. My memory from that event was: it's important to get the distance & direction right on relation to the contours and use the termite mounds/lantana patches as guidance only. Today I ran 3rd for the Arrows, after Bridget (who'd had a good run) and Liv (who'd come quite unstuck on one control) and I started out well but got vague because I was so hungry, and lost about a minute on 3 (didn't see the depression among the rocks and went too high) and another couple on 4 (after not quite paying enough attention where I left the track) then aimed off to the left down to the creek on 5, ended up too far left but couldn't work out where I was and managed to convince myself that I was somehow too far right, briefly ran the wrong way and corrected after a couple hundred metres.

So that was another 4-5 min lost and in fact I think the NSW girl had got past me here but I passed her again just as Anna ran through me (I didn't realise she'd started in the mass start though, so assumed I was now 4th) and thereafter I had a fairly clean remainder of the course and was surprised by how excited Bridget & Liv were at the end, telling me we were still in 3rd :) which was nice, because although admittedly not too many states had brought their A team today, the Arrows haven't even had a finishing senior women's team since 2011, and the last time we placed was when Susanne/Zoe/Vanessa won in 2007!

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